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    Inner-City Scholarship Fund

    First Grade

    Teacher. Mrs. Laura Sharkey



    Dear Parents,

           Happy New Year!  Hoping you all had a Blessed Christmas and a enjoyable and restful recess break!

    ​      We are just about at the halfway mark and into our second Trimester.  We are working hard as we continue our journey toward Second Grade.

    ​     Catholic Schools Week begins at the end of this month.  Keep an eye out for upcoming activities!  One part is our annual Spelling Bee for grades 1-8.  A list of words are being sent home for children to practice so we may have our own to determine which 3 students in First Grade will be represented!  Good Luck to all!

    ​     Here's what's in store for the coming weeks


    Language Arts:   Unit Three tests are this week. Unit Four will bring about a few changes.  In Spelling and Phonics we will focus on long vowels and learn a variety of vowel combinations to make the long sound as well as the silent "e" (CVCE).  Spelling tests will have a bonue vocabulary word. Reading tests will include an additional comprehension page to further understand our stories.

    Grammar:  We've been naming the different parts of a sentence, such as nouns and verbs, now we will move on to subjects and predicates.

    Religion:  We continue to discuss God creating the world and people, who were given special gifts, and how we can take care of those gifts.  Children will learn that God sent his Son, Jesus to us to share what God wants from us. We should follow the life and teachings of Jesus.

    Math:  Children have learned many strategies for solving math problems to find which works best for them to encourage critical thinking. We will continue our skills by forming fact families to show the relationship between addition and subtraction sentences.  Next is on to telling time to th hour and half hour.  We will have a little fun seeing if we can take it a step further into real time!

    Social Studies:  We will be improving our map skills, discussing what makes a good citizen, which coincides with our monthly Character Traits.  We will also meet important people along the way who are part of our history, and discover symbols and landmarks of our wonderful country. USA!  A landmark project will be sent home shortly.

    Science:  This trimester we will focus on Earth Science and explore our planet which includes changes in weather, as well as things we find in our sky.  Together with Kindergarten and 2nd Grade, we will venture into STEM projects in teams - again, to encourage critical thinking.

    ​I continue to look forward to working with you and your "Fintastic" children, and as always, thank your for your ongoing support.

    Mrs. Sharkey


                                                     Reminder of Homework Policy

         Homework is given Monday-Thursday, and sometimes on Friday.  On Monday, I will send home the weekly assignments in the Green folder.  All work is due the next day unless otherwise stated.  Whenever a child misses three (3) assignments, he/she will be exected to attend detention.  Projects and Book Reports will be assigned throughout the year.  The children are given sufficient time to complete them.  Any turned in late will result in 5 points deducted per day.